‘The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote has deep such personal significance to me right now. They are words I hold on to as I try to understand some of the twists and turns that life is showing me.
It soothes me to know that a great mind like Ralph Waldo Emerson, says that the purpose of life is not to be happy. Sometimes life does not serve up a whole lot of happy- lately has been one of those times.
I can live without the ‘happy’ as long as I can be useful… as long as I can be compassionate and honorable… and as long as I know I have made a difference.
The Daily Rx allows me to feel useful, and honorable, and compassionate… even on days like today, when I can manage little more than a whisper in my own life.